Each year, UMass Women into Leadership matches our students with mentors who can offer advise and guidance on a range of professional issues.
What does the mentoring commitment look like?
Mentors are matched to their mentees from approximately December/January to June.
Mentors are asked to be in regular contact with their mentee via email, video conference, or telephone, and can expect to answer questions on topics including work/life balance, graduate school, breaking into a particular sector, resume preparation, networking, and more.
The time commitment varies according to mentor/mentee schedules. However, we request that mentors schedule a brief, weekly or every-other week check-in throughout the semester. Mentors will receive a weekly email with conversation prompts to help facilitate these conversations.
For Spring 2021, all UWiL programming will be virtual. Because of this, mentors and mentees may not have an opportunity to meet in person.
What type of person is UWiL looking for?
Our mentors come from all walks of life, but generally have experience in the public sector -- whether through their regular jobs or volunteer activities. They generally have at least 5 years of post-baccalaureate professional experience and posses a genuine desire to help college students in their professional development.
While we encourage anyone who is interested in supporting student success to volunteer, we especially need mentors with foreign service or diplomatic experiences, with immigration policy experience, and with advocacy and social justice experiences.
I'm interested. What's next?
Fill out this brief survey so we can match you to our students! If you've mentored for us in the past, you still need to fill out a new survey every year. If you have any questions about mentoring, contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.